Although I would like to believe that I have finally killed all of the typographic errors in Cobra Flight, I have a lurking trepidation that they scurry still through the manuscript.
Today, I caught what I believe was the last of them and then started uploading the corrected files to the various book distributors. And of course, nothing in this benighted universe ever seems to work quite right.
After uploading to the likes of Amazon, Kobo, Apple and the many others wouldn’t you know it that I found one last little bastard just as the last of the files were sent.
It took another hour to correct the damn thing and then re-upload everything.
I take solace from what happened when a new edition of the Bible was printed in 1631. It is said to be the most infamous typographic error in history. I don’t need to explain, just have a look at how the Ten Commandments turned out.
These days in journalism there is much complaining about how publishers are firing editors and proofreaders in order to increase profits. And with those complaints come the inevitable moans about how things were much better in the Olde Days.
Well that’s not a new thing. It turns out that after the disaster of the Wicked Bible the Archbishop of Canterbury had this little rant . . .
“I knew the time when great care was had about printing, the Bibles especially, good compositors and the best correctors were gotten being grave and learned men, the paper and the letter rare, and faire every way of the best, but now the paper is nought, the composers boys, and the correctors unlearned.”
Final Note. Sod’s Law dictates that despite my care in writing and the use of a spell checker, there will be a typo in this post.
As I continue to record the audiobook of Cobra Flight I am getting very frustrated with the number of typos, spelling, and other errors that I come across.
This is deeply surprising and distressing for me because although I am a trained editor in my own right I hired an outside pro Copy Editor. I also ran the manuscript past TWO! proofreaders and every bit of grammar and spelling software I could find on the planet.
It is beyond understanding how these errors could remain in the text. It is as though the pesky little devils breed on their own.
Of course I will be republishing a corrected edition, possibly within a week or so.
In the meantime I do apologize to everyone who has bought the book and to those who will buy it before the next edition is out.